Welcome to the Circle of Mercy
Our Lady of Mercy Academy is dedicated to providing a comprehensive education grounded in the charism of Catherine McAuley, foundress of the Sisters of Mercy. Guided by the principles of Fides, Mores, and Cultura, the faculty and staff educate young women within a compassionate environment to empower them to be authentic witnesses in the global community.
OLMA is a Catholic school for young women of all faiths in grades 9-12. We prepare our students to be life-long learners and empower them to use their God-given gifts to make a difference in our world. The Mercy graduate is a woman of integrity who is articulate, compassionate, and socially aware. As an independent thinker open to growth, she is intellectually, socially, and physically equipped to assume her role as a source for good in the world.
It's not too late to join the Circle of Mercy!
Please understand that while the majority of our incoming students follow the timeline described below, OLMA is committed to working with your family at any time throughout the year should you come across special circumstances. Please contact Ms. Hackett, Director of Admissions & Recruitment, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 516-921-1047 x138 for more information.
The Admissions Process
We encourage you to visit Our Lady of Mercy Academy to get a sense for our community first-hand. The following important steps in the admission process all have their own registration:
1. Shadow: Spend a day at OLMA. 8th grade shadows visit late September-November. 7th grade shadows visit March-May.
2. Attend Open House on Saturday, September 21, 2019.
3. Take the Catholic High School Entrance Exam on October 26, 2019 if you are in 8th grade.
Shadow/Spend A Day Program
Students are encouraged to spend a day at OLMA with our Shadowing Program. Prospective students are paired with a current student who shares similar interests, or with someone specifically requested. A list of FAQs and the link to register are available on the Shadowing Program website. 8th grade students shadow October-December and 7th grade students shadow March-May.
The Open House is a wonderful opportunity to meet our faculty, staff, and students while touring the school. We offer one Open House in September, and one Accepted Student Reception in January. Registration for the Open House opens in August; please register online if you plan to attend. Accepted Student Reception information is included in the accepted student packet, mailed home in January.
Catholic High School Entrance Exam
All students considering a catholic school for 9th grade must take the Catholic High School Entrance Exam administered in October. There is a makeup exam in November.
Our Lady of Mercy Academy works with other Catholic High Schools within the high school acceptance process. While there is comprehensive timeline including the October Catholic High School Entrance Exam and January Registration, we are open to starting the conversation at a time that makes sense for you and your family. Any incoming ninth-grade student interested in attending OLMA who did not take the CHSEE must reach out to the Director of Admission for a private makeup examination. Transfer applicants are not required to take the CHSEE, but asked to provide academic transcripts and recommendations from their current school. We are excited to welcome you to the Circle of Mercy. Call the Office of Admission & Recruitment at 516-921-1047 x138 for more information.
Private tours are available by request for those who missed Open House. Due to availability, private tours are reserved for transfer students and 8th grade students and their families. Tours are available by appointment.
Acceptance & Registration
The Admissions Committee meets to discuss all CHSEE scores in December. Applicants receive notification in mid-January. In conjunction with all Long Island Catholic schools, families will be notified via postal mail and email. An Accepted Student Reception is held in January to give new families the opportunity to meet one another, take a closer look, and help make a final decision. Formal registration is available immediately upon notification, and a New Student Packet is sent with important on-boarding documents. The registration portal closes in late January in preparation for placement exams in March.
Tuition, Scholarships, & Financial Aid
All students are automatically considered for merit scholarships based on their performance on the Catholic High School Entrance Exam. Tuition Assistance and Special Awards are available based on an application due November 15th of the applicant's eighth-grade year. Some applications also require an application with a third party to verify financial need.
Please visit the Tuition, Scholarships, & Financial Aid link to the left for more information and award applications.
Course Selection & Honors Placement
All registered students take Placement Tests on the first Saturday in March of their 8th grade year. Each student takes an English and Math test, and students may opt to take the Spanish, Italian, or French placement test.
A student may be placed in 9th grade honors classes based on her performance on OLMA placement tests, recommendations from eighth-grade teachers via the Academic Program Placement Form, and the Catholic High School Entrance Exam. After ninth grade, a student's performance in each class will determine her eligibility for upper-level courses the following year. Our honors classes are not on a tracking system; honors classes are open to a student based on her academic performance in each available subject, every year.
Our Lady of Mercy Academy admits students of any race, color, national and ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorder or made available to students at the school. It does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national and ethnic origin in administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, scholarship, financial aid programs, athletic and other school-administered programs.